upgrade the hdd.... symptoms are very indicative of a failing hdd....
next time don't put anything you cherish on the PS3.... especially the older ones, as they're known to be VERY unreliable.
I get you so horked up
I have the same problem when connecting to a wifi hotspot. It can be loading the HDMI or checking for corruption, but it only freezes during the ribbon every time. someone please help, Ive still got thirty dollars on psn.